How to Help

1559457_10202238492236404_213696835_oThis is the page I never thought I would need to write, and it is the hardest.

But, we need your help.

I’d rather this site be purely inspirational and cathartic.  However, many people have asked how they can help and what more they could do for us.  First, your prayers, love, and support are of the utmost importance to us.  They are priceless.

However, we have talked a lot about other options.  It has been explained to us by many people to take all the help we can get.

No matter the outcome, our lives will never be the same.  We are often told not to have regrets in our lives.  I have one.  Four months before my initial diagnosis in 2009, I canceled my life insurance with my company in the belief I was covered under my wife.  I did not do my due diligence and have had to live with it everyday.  Needless to say I am now un-insurable without paying a hefty price.

We are very blessed to have an incredible support system of family and friends who have offered to help. Knowing that we cannot do this alone, we would be honored to accept the following:

Direct Financial Support – We do not know what the future holds and how much time off we will need to take.  We cannot predict the unforeseen medical bills and travel expenses, coupled with the normal, everyday bills that need to be paid.  With my ailment, we are now a one income family and I no longer receive any of my flight benefits from American Airlines. If you have the means, we very much could use any financial support you can afford us.

As we mentioned, your prayers, love, and support are of the utmost importance to us. However, if you do have the means or time available to support our family we hope that you will consider the above.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything you do for us yesterday, today, and in the future.

We love you all.

Ryan, Andrea, Landon and Logan

3 Responses to How to Help

  1. Melissa Bemis says:

    Dear Ryan and Andrea~

    I was so surprised to hear this news… I have tried to stay in touch with classmates over the years, but as you all know, life keeps moving forward, even faster sometimes than we imagine. I am currently in NH now, and have been here and in VT since 2002. I have worked at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center out of Dartmouth Hitchcock Memorial Hospital (affliated w/the college) and have also participated in a fundraiser for a friend’s brother who had pancreatic CA, as well as the Relay for Life several times. I am not sure at this very moment, what I will be able to do financially, but will be talking with my friends, family and church family to see if there is anything we can do to help support your family, out here in NH. Please know though, that my heart and my prayers go out to each of you. You have a beautiful family, and I am going to believe for all of you that God will continue to hold you all in His arms, lift you up, and give the Doctors the wisdom and knowledge they need to give you the correct treatments. Praying that God will bless you both and your Son, and your soon-to-be addition to the family, above and beyond all you could ever hope for or imagine. He is always faithful! I plan to keep up with your site, and will do what I can to help spread the word of your needs, please never forget that God knows our needs, before we even know they will exist. God bless you all and may He give you peace, comfort, support and every single thing that each of you needs to walk through this trying time. Sincerely, Melissa (Class of 2000 Athens High School)

  2. Joyce Bryant says:

    Ryan, you don’t know me, but you went to high school with my daughter, Debbie Davison (Savage). I live in Chicago and work for a local hospital. You may not be aware, but the American Society is a great resource. They provide free transportation for patients going through cancer treatments. If you have to travel long distances, they will also pay for a hotel that is close to the treatment center. (hotel rooms are donated by the hotel)

    From your website, I see the loving arms of thousands of people around you and your family. Know that you have thousands praying to God for his healing power as you walk through your treatment.

  3. annonymous says:

    As an ex Eagle pilot 97-05, I know the fun and “challenges” the job bestows. I have had my personal “issues” with members of my family and battling cancer and I’m in your corner man. Hang tough and NEVER EVER lose the faith. Remember, God will never give us anything in this life that we cannot handle. You’re not fighting this alone. God bless you and your family man.

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